Flash Diffuser/Bounce Card SB-600

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by 103734, May 4, 2009.

  1. 103734 Guest

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    I got a flash a few weeks ago but just really started using it, I feel like I did when I got my first SLR, using a flash really adds a whole new dimension to photography, and a lot of new stuff to learn.

    So anyways for most of my shots I just bounce off the ceiling or a wall but sometimes the ceiling is just too tall or when I am taking pictures outside I can't bounce it so I have to shoot with the flash right on the subject, so I am looking into diffusers/bounce cards.

    I tried using just a sheet of printer paper folded a few times and strapped to my flash with a rubber band. Should I just do this or is there a better solution?
     
  2. anubis macrumors 6502a

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    Try googling "better bounce card" for instructions on making a nice, cheap bounce card... costs a couple of bucks to make

    If you want an off-the-shelf solution, try googling Gary Fong Lightsphere and check out his web site. They're good, but pretty pricey (~$50) for a piece of molded plastic
     
  3. bobert83 macrumors newbie

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    If you are just getting into flash, you might want to visit:

    strobist.blogspot.com

    They guy David has some fantastic advice you can take advantage of with the equipment you already have.
     
  4. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    I would second the "better bounce card" idea. It's a pretty easy thing to make, and really beats most flash diffusers on the market. I'm frankly not a big fan of Gary Fong's stuff. It really is just tupperware with a $40 price tag. One thing that I use when I'm out and about and away from my umbrellas and softboxes is the Demb Jumbo Flip-It. Fairly cheap, and pretty good bounce card with the added durability over my DIY card.
     
  5. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    May cost a few more bucks; but look at the Gary Fong Lightsphere
     
  6. apearlman macrumors regular

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    Upgrade to card stock, not printer paper

    I've been happy with a flat white card, cut in a fat T-shape and strapped to the flash with a rubber band. Using a card instead of thin paper makes it easy to bend forward or back, though most of the time I just let it point straight up. The Demb flip-it seems like a good tool, but it basically does the same thing as an index card: allow most of the flash to bounce, but send just a bit of light forward to avoid shadowed eye sockets and create catchlights.
     

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